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Defensively they played well enough to win. They have to work on guys technique with a pass rush specialist or bring a LB, CB, or S. We have to make QBs uncomfortable.

Yeah, we just aren't doing that especially of critical 3rd downs

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3rd down defense in OT was horrible. But overall another good showing by the defense. If the offense ever learns to hang on the **** ball we've got a legit chance to make some noise in the playoffs this year. I have never seen a team have fumblitious this bad. It's incredible and most of them are fluky. Julio just letting a guy take the ball right away from him? Person just rolling the snap back on the ground and then right as Ryan is about to pick it up Freeman swats it away? Why? Ugh!

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3rd down defense in OT was horrible. But overall another good showing by the defense. If the offense ever learns to hang on the **** ball we've got a legit chance to make some noise in the playoffs this year. I have never seen a team have fumblitious this bad. It's incredible and most of them are fluky. Julio just letting a guy take the ball right away from him? Person just rolling the snap back on the ground and then right as Ryan is about to pick it up Freeman swats it away? Why? Ugh!

That was unfortunate and unlucky

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Desmond Trufant says Falcons' D will let play do talking vs. 49ers

  • Vaughn McClure, ESPN Staff Writer

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Of course Desmond Trufant was aware of the word coming out of San Francisco about the 49ers wanting to playing new starting quarterback Blaine Gabbert against a weak Atlanta defense.

The Atlanta Falcons cornerback just laughed it off Wednesday as the team continued preparation for Sunday's road matchup.

"That stuff is funny to me," Trufant said. "They can think what they want to think. That's fine. We'll see on Sunday. We'll see then what's up."

Trufant was asked if he knew anything about Gabbert.

"Nah, I don't know none of them," he said. "We'll see though on Sunday."

Individually, Trufant wants to have a bounce-back game after a few uncharacteristic mistakes in last week's 23-20 overtime loss to Tampa Bay. He said he plans to play against the 49ers despite suffering a lower back injury against the Buccaneers, an injury that limited his participation during Wednesday's practice.

"I know I definitely didn't play my best game," Trufant said of Tampa Bay. "And I got hurt, too, so I couldn't make up for it like I wanted to. In the fourth quarter and overtime, I know I could have done something. But sometimes it goes like that, and I'm going to just come harder this week."

No one play against the Buccaneers bothered Trufant more than any other, although he picked up consecutive pass interference penalties in the third quarter while contending with Bucs receiver Mike Evans.

"It was just the overall, because my standard is being great," Trufant said. "If I'm not playing like one of the best, it's not good enough. That's how I look at it. I'm just going to keep working and I'm going to come harder out there this week."

Teammate Roddy White put a little added pressure on the defense by saying it should get two turnovers against Gabbert, who has thrown 24 interceptions and 23 touchdown passes in his career. The Falcons didn't create a turnover last week and have 12 takeaways as opposed to 14 giveaways this season (-2). Trufant does not have an interception through eight games, although the ball hasn't come his way much.

"They're going to come, and we're going to see what happens," Trufant said of the 49ers. "They can talk all they want to. I know it's between the whistles. That's when we're going to get busy. So, we'll see."

If Trufant plays, as he expects to, he'll likely be without fellow starting cornerback Robert Alford, who was held out of Wednesday's practice along with fellow secondary starter William Moore as both nurse groin injuries. Moore missed last week's game and was replaced by Kemal Ishmael. Alford's role as the nickel cornerback could be filled by Philip Adams. Rookie Jalen Collins has been playing outside opposite Trufant with Alford covering the slot.

As for the reported disrespect from the 49ers, Falcons coach Dan Quinn downplayed any such thing as bulletin-board material and said "We'll be ready to rock" on Sunday. Quinn got his NFL coaching start with San Francisco back in 2001.

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Total defensive ranking is 21. Pass defense is 25 Run defense is 5 and they are allowing 21.6 pts per game. Hopefully these numbers will improve after we play SF.

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Total defensive ranking is 21. Pass defense is 25 Run defense is 5 and they are allowing 21.6 pts per game. Hopefully these numbers will improve after we play SF.

Where are you getting your numbers from?

RYPG - 83.4 (3rd)

PYPG - 262.0 (24th)

YPG - 345.4 (11th)

PPG - 21.6 (13th)

The Falcons defense has been very good this year!! Much better than anyone could have imagined. If the offense could learn to hang onto the ball the Falcons would be a legit SB team this year.

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Where are you getting your numbers from?

RYPG - 83.4 (3rd)

PYPG - 262.0 (24th)

YPG - 345.4 (11th)

PPG - 21.6 (13th)

The Falcons defense has been very good this year!! Much better than anyone could have imagined. If the offense could learn to hang onto the ball the Falcons would be a legit SB team this year.

ESPN so go figure, LOL!! I agree the numbers are much better and will definitely continue to improve.

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Atlanta Falcons first-round pick Vic Beasley grades himself a C so far

  • Vaughn McClure, ESPN Staff Writer

When Atlanta Falcons seventh-round draft pick Akeem King played two snaps at defensive back and 10 on special teams against San Francisco, it meant all of the team's 2015 draft picks currently on the roster had finally reached the field in live action.

The Falcons had seven total picks in the draft, with seventh-round offensive tackle Jake Rodgers not making the team. King's cameo against the 49ers wasn't quite enough to get a true measure of how he might fit in on defense, but he didn't look lost.

As for the other five, they all have at least two games under their belts. Here are their self-assessments:

"I feel like I should have more production than what I have," Vic Beasley said. "And I've hurt the team in a couple areas." AP/Brad Penner

First-rounder Vic Beasley, DE/OLB, Clemson

  • Games played/starts: 9/9

  • Snaps: 287 (defensive); 17 (special teams)

  • Statistics: 19 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 1 interception, 5 penalties

Self-assessment: "I give myself a C. I feel like I should have more production than what I have. And I've hurt the team in a couple areas. Penalty-wise, it's offsides and being on the field wrestling with different players when I should be more focused on the next play. My best game was probably the New York [Giants] game because I was able to apply constant pressure. I'd say my worst game probably was Tennessee because I was on the ground numerous amounts of times. I want to have more focus, play in the system of the defense, and just go hard."

Second-rounder Jalen Collins, CB, LSU

  • Games played/starts: 9/2

  • Snaps: 210 (defensive); 99 (special teams)

  • Statistics: 7 defensive tackles; 4 special-teams tackles

Self-assessment: "I feel like I've made a lot of improvements, on and off the field, trying to get the speed of the game and the communications details. And then off the field, I'm taking better notes and trying to study a little more, knowing what to look for on film and things like that. We've all not played before. As always, you kind of take it with a grain of salt and if it's not my time, I need to get better. I just needed to improve and wait for my shot."

Third-rounder Tevin Coleman, RB, Indiana

  • Games played/starts: 7/2 (missed two games due to rib injury)

  • Snaps: 102 (offensive); 19 (special teams)

  • Statistics: 42 rushes, 183 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 fumble lost; 1 reception, 10 yards

Self-assessment: "I have a lot of work to do, being a rookie. It's tough. It's a long season so I just have to be keep on grinding and keep on taking care of my body and just keep on fighting. Just going out there and creating space and pressing your runs, that's the most important thing to do here in this league because everybody's good and everybody's fast. Just pressing your runs to create more space. The thing I'm doing really well is just being tough and finishing every run and every play."

Fourth-rounder Justin Hardy, WR, East Carolina

  • Games played/starts: 2/1 (inactive first seven games)

  • Snaps: 95 (offensive); 12 (special teams)

  • Statistics: 6 catches, 38 yards (12-yard long)

Self-assessment: "I came in with the information and the game plan was good because I was in tune with it. You can always get better. You can block better; run better routes. I feel like I've gotten better [at practice] as time went on. I've gotten more comfortable. I knew what I was doing so I was just out there playing freely. I just want to continue to get better. Every week, I want to pick something out that I can do better and try to work on it so by the end of the season, I should have everything really down.''

Fifth-rounder Grady Jarrett, DL, Clemson

  • Games played/starts: 9/0

  • Snaps: 133 (defensive); 39 (special teams)

  • Statistics: 10 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 1 quarterback hit

Self-assessment: "I feel like I'm starting to find my stride a little bit as far as playing better when I get the opportunity. I'm just trying to show my worth and continuing to make my snaps count. I'm just trying to show them that I can play at this level and be productive. I don't know if the [transition] has been easy or difficult. It's kind of been a learning process the whole way as far as getting comfortable. Adjusting to the speed of the game was something that was really difficult for me through the preseason. Then I ended up having a good last preseason game. Since then, I've adjusted. I feel like I have a really high mental capacity, so it hasn't been overwhelming for me. Just kind of just getting used to everything. I've played nose tackle and end. Just wherever they need me at."

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Falcons William Moore sees value in adding D.J. Swearinger

  • Vaughn McClure, ESPN Staff Writer

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- When the Houston Texans waived safety D.J. Swearinger back in May, Atlanta Falcons starting strong safety William Moorethought Swearinger would be a good addition to the roster.

Now that Swearinger has once again been waived, this time by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Moore still sees value in adding more depth at the position.

"To be honest with you, I haven't really watched him recently, but if he's still the same player he was at first, he would be an addition to any team," said Moore, who is back in action after a groin injury. "I like the way he plays. From what I hear, he has the knowledge for the game. And he's a fierce competitor. If you have smarts to go along with that, you can make it in any system."

The Falcons put in a claim for Swearinger back in May before he was awarded to the Buccaneers. Eight teams total put in a claim for him the first time around. But Tuesday, Swearinger went unclaimed and is now free to sign with any team.

That doesn't mean the Falcons will be interested. Swearinger obviously didn't make an impact with the Buccaneers while playing mostly special teams. Word was he had the tendency to freelance on defense, which annoyed the coaches. He also had battled a toe injury the last few weeks.

But Swearinger did have 22 starts in two seasons with the Texans, where he averaged 72 tackles per season, had three interceptions, and forced four fumbles.

Falcons outside linebacker Brooks Reed played with Swearinger in Houston.

"He plays hard and is very instinctual," Reed said. "He brings a lot of juice out there. He'll talk trash to you. That's a good thing. When you're a DB, you've got to be confident out there. He's a good player. He's plays the run very well. He's a very physical player."

With rookie safety Robenson Therezie currently sidelined with a hamstring injury and veteran safety Charles Godfrey bouncing on and off the roster, it might not hurt for the Falcons to take a look at Swearinger for a minimum price.

As for Swearinger's reputation of being a little volatile, coach Dan Quinn can no doubt handle such a personality if there's an interest.

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